- Different groups of protestors headed down to the Cape Town City Hall on Thursday ahead of President Cyril Ramaphosa's address
- One group of protestors stated that they want the President to acknowledge farm killings and how they affect food security
- Social media users have also weighed in on the State of the Nation Address and some people are not excited about Ramaphosa's speech
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CAPE TOWN - With just a few hours left before President Cyril Ramaphosa delivers the State of the Nation Address, various groups have made their way to the Cape Town City Hall with raised placards in protests.
The groups seem to have different grievances that they want to be addressed which include seeking the President to address the seriousness of farm murders in South Africa.
One protester stated they had formed a National Rural committee that was supposed to meet with the Police Minister Bheki Cele to speak about the farm attacks, however, farmers and farmworkers are still under attack. The protestor went on to say that farm attacks affect food security in the country, reports eNCA.
The protestor added that he travelled from East London to Cape Town to have his voice heard about the farm killings. Airing out his frustration, the protestor said that the Ramaphosa had denied the farm killings in the past.
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"Mr President, today at the SONA 2022, change your tone about the farm killings," said the protestor.
Capetonians raise their frustrations with the mayor at the SONA
Another group of protestors of mostly women also arrived at the Cape Town City Hall to air out their grievances with the Democratic Alliance elected Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis.
They stated the SONA is a great opportunity to get Hill-Lewis to address the issues related to the "walking bus" system and also raised concerns about child safety in their community, according to News24.
"Expect empty promises": South Africans share some of the topics they hope Ramaphosa will address at SONA
One protestor stated that one of the issues they have is that they are being used as volunteers for the "walking bus" initiative, however, they want to be paid for the work they do.
"We don't want to be volunteers. we want to be permanent because we don't have jobs," said the protestor.
The protestor went on to say that permanent jobs are reserved for people between the ages of 18 to 35 and people who are older are not considered.
South Africans weigh in on SONA
Social media users have shared some of their thoughts about the SONA. Have a look below:
"State of nonsense. MXEM"
"@CyrilRamaphosa be a decisive leader and implement, all you’ve been doing for the last 4 years is talking and talking no action. Promises after promises. Give us the land we will build for ourselves since you lied amour 1Million houses to Soweto residence."
"The SONA is a waste..it will all lies, diversion, excuses and NO POSITIVE SOLUTIONS. The ANC is pure run on self-preservation. It has no interest in the people of this country Unamused face. They will lie to appease those who know their secrets and they bullshit those whose vote they want."
Queer SONA: LGBTQIA+ community calls on President Cyril Ramaphosa to address important issues
Briefly News previously reported that Iranti, a non-profit organisation, has launched a social media campaign called #QueerSONA in an effort to get President Cyril Ramaphosa to address the pertinent issues that affect the LGBTQ community in South Africa.
Ramaphosa is scheduled to give the most important presidential address on Thursday, 10 February at 7pm. The State of the Nation Address(SONA) will be held at the Cape Town City Hall.
In the build to the President's address, various organisations have taken the opportunity to share their thoughts about what they expect Ramaphosa to speak to at the SONA.
Source: Briefly News